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The Value of Green Infrastructure by Richard Sabin from Biotecture

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In this presentation Richard explains about the importance of greening our urban environment. Climate change leaves us no other option.

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The Value of Green Infrastructure by Richard Sabin from Biotecture

  1. 1. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: INCREASING URBAN BIODIVERSITY & OTHER BENEFITS 31st January 2017 MTV Offices Camden
  2. 2. “The green wall looks really good, not only catching the eye of our staff but also, which is very important, the eyes of thousands of tourists and residents of Camden... Please thank the maintenance team.” Dave Bennett, Director - Viacom International Media Networks
  3. 3. Sustainable Cities By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This global shift requires a major focus on transformation to sustainable and liveable urban environments, transportation and a circular economy.
  4. 4. What can green infrastructure do? Remove air pollutants  Reduce urban temperatures  Provide thermal benefits to buildings  Improve biodiversity  Attenuate Rain water  Reduce noise  Increase productivity & creativity  Improve sense of well-being  Health benefits 
  5. 5. Regal House, Covent Garden
  6. 6. Postal Museum, London
  7. 7. Elephant & Castle
  8. 8. Gate 25, Terminal 3, Heathrow
  9. 9. Office Atrium, Centrica, Oxford What can green infrastructure do? Environmental Improve Air Quality Reduce noise / Improve Acoustics Ecosystem Services Physiological Increase productivity & creativity Improve sense of well-being Health Benefits (Mental & Physical) Enrichment Workplace Satisfaction Staff Retention Good for Brand…
  10. 10. Biophilia “Biophilia is the instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems, particularly those whose very existence supports our very existence” - E. O. Wilson, Biophilia (1984) “Viewing plants reduces blood pressure and heart rate” - Son et al, 2004 “Patients realize significant and measurable health-related benefits by simply looking at gardens and plants, or in other ways passively experiencing healthcare surroundings where plants are prominent” - Ulrich, 2004 How green is your view?
  11. 11. A PLEA!!! EDGWARE ROAD TUBE STATION (BAKERLOO LINE)
  12. 12. Greening urban street canyons Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure for Improvement of Air Quality in Urban Street Canyons – Pugh, MacKenzie, Whyatt and Hewitt, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012
  13. 13. “Delivering cleaner air for London is a top priority for me; this ingenious green wall traps harmful pollution on one of our busiest roads, helping to cleanse the air at this popular spot, as well as helping to soften and beautify the local environment” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, 2012

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